LONDON: Worcestershire’s Jack Shantry has retired from professional cricket because of a persistent back problem, the 30-year-old left-arm seamer announced Monday.
Shantry took 266 wickets at an average of 29.25 in 92 first-class matches with a distinctive action. He also scored two hundreds, but he has not played for Midlands county Worcestershire in any format this season.
Following medical advice, he has called time on a cricket career that started in 2009.
“It is with great sadness that I announce my immediate retirement from all forms of cricket,” Shantry said on Twitter.
“Whilst I am incredibly disappointed to be retiring at the age of 30, I am immeasurably grateful for the opportunities afforded to me by Worcestershire CCC over the last ten seasons.”
Worcestershire coach Kevin Sharp told the club website: “Shants has been a great servant to the club. He has been an unusual bowler and he has taken a lot of wickets and what a great stalwart for Worcestershire.
“It is always a bit sad when someone has to finish through injury. He has got a back injury which is not allowing him to bowl so he is fully retired from cricket now. A top lad, a very popular member in the squad and we wish him well for the future.”—AFP